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What are the valve clearance settings? - 1982 Moto Guzzi V 50 II

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  • wammons Jun 23, 2009

    thanks, i will try those

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    Eldric Venne May 11, 2010

    Not moto specific, but I generally use .003 on the intake, and .005 on the exhaust valve. I haven't had any problems yet.

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0.15/ 0.20mm (in/out)

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